What are four of the top issues President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador might prioritize in his first one hundred days in office?
President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) ran on an anti-establishment platform, tapping into disenchantment with the status quo and a desire for someone who can fix the country’s top problems in steering Mexico on the right course. That message paid off. While the more established parties— Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), National Action Party (PAN), and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD)—formed alliances with each other and with smaller parties to increase their appeal, the message of sixty-four-year-old López Obrador is what resonated. He will now take office on December 1st.
In line with his whopping advantage in the polls, election results gave him roughly 54 percent of the vote. Ricardo Anaya (PAN) trailed him with about 23 percent, while José Antonio Meade (PRI) secured about 16 percent.
Mexico is a country full of hope and poised for new prosperity—a reality that does not often make its way into the discourse in the United States. But many deep-rooted challenges remain: the rise in crime, stagnant wages, and corruption among them. The other looming issues: the future of the Mexico-US relationship and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization in the midst of US aluminum and steel tariffs. President-elect López Obrador, who campaigned on a promise of change, will now need to deliver on multiple fronts. With five months until he takes office, what can we expect from an AMLO presidency? How will he reconcile demands for increased spending with the need to boost economic growth? And how will he work with President Donald Trump?
Mexico is poised for a new era
of prosperity if deep structural issues are adequately addressed.